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Konica Auto-Reflex

This is the first Konica Autoreflex camera. (Notice the spelling; Auto-Reflex not Autoreflex). It was introduced in 1966 and it is the first SLR to have the capability of taking half frame (24mm x 18mm format) or full frame (24mm x 36mm) pictures. The Auto Reflex is also the first Konica which has the Konica K/AR mount (Quick-Mount Bayonet) . It is also the first 35mm SLR with shutter preferred automatic exposure capabilities.

The Auto-Reflex was sold as Revue Auto-Reflex in Germany. Also a variation without a meter , Revue SP, was available.

Shutter: Vertical blade Copal Square 'S' , B -1sec -1/1000sec, with flash sync to 1/125
Exp.Meter: Lockout with override for film/shutter speeds exceeding meter capability.
Lens mount: Konica bayonet mount
ASA range: 25-800.
Viewfinder: Swing-needle aperture indication, max lens aperture indication, 1/2 frame registration, matte screen/micro-diaprism focusing.
Other features: M & X connectors, Depth-of -field preview, Self-timer, Self resetting frame counter, Removable cold shoe
Weight: ~780g (body)
Size: 150 x 95 x 45mm /WHD
Battery: one 675 size, 1.35v mercury cell.
Courtesy of Risto A.

Autoreflex T

Konica Autoreflex T

Konica Autoreflex T was manufactured in 1968-1970 and it was a great succes to Konica. A high class SLR, second to none in features and quality. Autoreflex T cameras were also the first cameras equipped with a Through The Lens metering. The half frame function is dropped.

  • Film type: 135 (35mm)
  • Picture size: 24mm x 36mm
  • Weight: 780g body only
  • Size: 150 x 95 x 45mm /WHD
  • Lens mount: Konica bayonet mount Hexanon AR 1.8/52mm (6 elements in 5 groups)
  • Filter size: 55mm
  • Shutter: Hi-Synchro Copal Square S (metal focal plane shutter)
  • Shutter speeds B, 1-1/1000
  • Viewfinder: SLR
  • Exposure meter: Center-weighted battery-operated TTL dual CdS metering with match needle
  • ASA range: 25-1600
  • Battery: Two 675 (for meter and EE function)
  • Self-timer
Konica A-Rold

Konica Autoreflex T3 / T3N

Konica Autoreflex T3 is an automatic exposure 35mm SLR camera. It was introduced in 1973 and was available in chrome and black versions. It continued the line of the excellent Autoreflex cameras.

Autoreflex T3 has an automatic exposure control and several other advanced features such as a possibility to multiple exposures and a mirror lock up function. Konica Autoreflex T3 was known as a reliable full featured SLR camera and Konica Hexanon lenses were famous of their high quality.
Thought I have personally met one weakness in these cameras which is the possible shutter release instantly after cocking. However this has appeared not until many years of quite heavy usage. The latest variant T3N (below) has a different prism housing with fixed accessory shoe and a level for closing the viewfinder when the incoming light might fool the exposure meter. It has also some other differences in appearance but otherwise the specicications are identical.

Konica Autoreflex T3

Konica Autoreflex T3N (1975 – 1978)

  • Lens Konica bayonet mount Hexanon AR 1.7/50mm (6 elements in 5 groups)
  • Shutter Hi-Synchro Copal Square S (metal focal plane), B, 1- 1/1000
  • Film type 135 (35mm) / 24mm x 36mm
  • Exposure meter Center(bottom)-weighted TTL dual CdS metering with match needle
  • EV Range 1.5 - 18 / ASA 100
  • ASA range 12-3200
  • Battery two PX675 (mercury oxide) Using LR44 or SR44 causes wrong meter readings
  • Weight 737g body only , 992g with 1.7 50mm lens
  • PC X and M sync, optional accessory shoe
  • Self-timer
  • Multiple-exposure lever

A Short History of Konica SLR:

Konica Autoreflex T3 (black)

Konica Autoreflex T3N (black)

An advantage of black cameras to the silver chrome versions are predominately trivial. It is advertised to look more professional, less eye catching but more stylish. Well perhaps so, but one thing is self-evident, black or whatever color painting is not so durable as a chrom coating. It is rather difficult to find an old black painted camera without charming bronzed edges. Notice how I try to turn the weak point to the merit.

Some cameramakers (Leica R) use "black chrome" (electroplating) which is quite durable and not the same as the black chrome painting. Black chrome is more complicated to use and therefore also more expensive.

Thank You my friend Zygmunt

©2009 Reijo Lauro